Non-Executive Director, Chair since 2019 / Urbanise.Com
Johan Almero Strauss has been a director and an executive member of the Mergon Group's investment team since 2008. Mergon is a private investment group that was founded in 1980. From a single startup business, Mergon has grown a diversified investment portfolio with significant interests in companies in the technology, commercial property, financial services, fintech, renewable energy, and logistics industries. Mr Almero represents Mergon on the boards of Infotech, one of South Africa's oldest technology companies, Tradeswitch (a Mobile Virtual Network Enabler), and Renewable Energy Holdings (the foremost independent hydropower developer in South Africa).
Mr Strauss initially qualified and worked as an electronic engineer. He has worked with leading international firms Bain & Company and Deloitte in South Africa and the USA.
Mr Strauss was a founding member of Decipher Consulting, a South African niche consulting firm, where he was an executive director of the business.